In Their Own Words

“In Their Own Words” is a running collection of opinion pieces from BU experts. Here BU professors bring their perspective to top news stories, introducing new ideas or a different perspective on key issues making headlines.

Merger mania continues: AT&T to acquire DirecTV

May 19th, 2014 in Business, Communications, Opinion

The media landscape and video entertainment industry continue to change as mega-mergers redefine the industry. Comcast-Time Warner Cable have a pending merger, and chatter of a deal between SoftBank-owned Sprint & T-Mobile continue to appear in... More

A view on the unfolding situation in Ukraine

April 23rd, 2014 in Featured, History, International Relations, Opinion, Professor voices

As tensions continue over the situation in Ukraine, the war of words between the United States and Russia appear to be at their most precarious since the end of the Cold War. International relations professor... More

Whalen: Tighter gun control needed now

September 19th, 2013 in Breaking news, Crime, Opinion, Politics, Professor voices, Videos

In this video op-ed, Tom Whalen, associate professor of social sciences, offers his perspective on gun control in the wake of this week's mass shooting at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. Contact Whalen at 978-888-3131 or

Media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings

April 23rd, 2013 in Media, Opinion, Professor voices

Several news outlets, both traditional and social media, struggled last week in reporting the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings. CNN and the New York Post, among others, have been criticized for erroneous reports. Fred... More

SCOTUS hearings on gay-marriage

March 25th, 2013 in Law, Opinion

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on California's ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, and on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). Boston University School of Law professor Linda McClain, an authority... More

President Obama’s Israeli trip

March 19th, 2013 in International Relations, Opinion, Politics

President Obama prepares to make his first presidential visit trip to Israel. Boston University journalism professor Robert Zelnick is a former ABC News Middle East correspondent and author of  Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza. He offers... More

Senate study outlines CIA interrogation techniques

March 7th, 2013 in Opinion, Politics

Despite a filibuster by Senator Rand Paul,  John Brennan has been confirmed as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency. What impact will the CIA's past have on the agency Brennan will lead? A... More

The long-forgotten racial attitudes and policies of Woodrow Wilson

March 4th, 2013 in History, Opinion

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of our 28th president, Woodrow Wilson. William Keylor, professor of history and international relations at Boston University. He is the author of The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond:... More

The White House versus Bob Woodward

February 28th, 2013 in Opinion, Politics, Professor voices

A controversy has erupted between the White House and veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Woodward is claiming he was "threatened" by a senior White House advisor if he continued to write stories criticizing President... More

Q&A with Lilian Faulhaber on increase of payroll taxes

February 25th, 2013 in Economics, Finance, Law, Opinion, Professor voices

As part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress decided not to renew a temporary payroll tax deduction. The "payroll tax holiday" was enacted in late 2010 as a way to help taxpayers get through the... More